The next eclipse is a partial eclipse of the sun on September 13, 2015, visible from the southern part of Africa. One fortnight (two weeks) after that, it’ll be a total eclipse of the year’s closest supermoon on the night of September 27-28, visible from North and South America. Follow the links below to learn more about the upcoming solar and lunar eclipses in 2015 and 2016. Enjoy.
The video below – showing where the September 13 eclipse will be visible – is courtesy of Larry Koehn at the great website shadowandsubstance.com:
Fortnight (approximate two-week) separation between solar and lunar eclipses. A solar eclipse always takes place within one fortnight of any lunar eclipse. For instance, in 2015, the total solar eclipse on March 20 comes one fortnight before the Blood Moon total lunar eclipse of April 4. The partial solar eclipse on September 13 occurs one fortnight before the Blood Moon total lunar eclipse of September 28. In 2016, the total solar eclipse of March 9 happens one fortnight before the penumbral lunar eclipse of March 23; and the September 1 annular solar eclipse takes place one fortnight before the September 16 penumbral lunar eclipse.
Somewhat rarely, a solar eclipse can occur one fortnight before and after a lunar eclipse. This will next happen in the year 2018:
July 13: Partial solar eclipse
July 27: Total lunar eclipse
August 11: Partial solar eclipse
Somewhat rarely, a lunar eclipse can come one fortnight before and after a solar eclipse. This will next happen in the year 2020:
June 5: Penumbral lunar eclipse
June 21: Annular solar eclipse
July 5: Penumbral lunar eclipse
Bottom line: Dates of solar and lunar eclipses in 2015 and 2016.